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Pennsylvania’s Judiciary Needs an Injection of Youth

On Nov. 24, 2014, California Gov. Jerry Brown announced his plan to appoint attorney Leondra Kruger to the California Supreme Court.

Brown described Kruger as a “distinguished lawyer,” an obvious reference to her work within the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel and Office of the Solicitor General, and her work as a law clerk for Judge David Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Philadelphia judicial candidates make their pitch

One by one, lawyers stepped onto the stage in a West Philadelphia community center and gave 30-second pitches on why they should be elected judge.

Attendees of the 46th Ward meeting in the Enterprise Center last week enjoyed a buffet and listened to at least a dozen speeches, most fitting the same pattern: Name, brief mention of experience, pledge to improve the criminal justice system, name again.

There are a lot of names to remember.

Nearly 50 lawyers and six sitting judges have said they are running for Common Pleas and Municipal Court judgeships this year. That’s more than in any city judicial election in at least 20 years, experts say.
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